Best Gouda Mac and Cheese

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This gouda mac and cheese might be the best mac and cheese you’ve eaten, starring smoked gouda cheese and crunchy sourdough breadcrumbs.

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

This post was created in partnership with ALDI. All opinions are our own.

Ready for an off-the-charts dish for entertaining? Meet our best smoked gouda mac and cheese: it had our friends begging for seconds before they were even done with firsts! This gouda mac and cheese features smoked gouda cheese, tender noodles and crunchy sourdough bread crumbs. We made this recipe in partnership with ALDI, which is truly a one stop shop for spring entertaining. Whether you’re hosting a Sunday brunch or Easter dinner, filling kids’ baskets, or throwing a fancy dinner party, ALDI has incredible quality products at affordable prices. We got all of the ingredients — and even the saucepan we made the cheese sauce in — at our local ALDI. You are going to love this one!

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A note on ALDI products

You’ll see we’ve used all ALDI products for our gouda mac and cheese: even the pot is from ALDI! A few notes on our favorites:

  • The Crofton Speckled Saucepans are available for a limited time in stores starting 4/3!
  • The Specialty Selected Sourdough Bread is award winning. It was chosen by customers in a national survey as 2019 Product of the Year winner in the bread category (based on a survey of 40,000 American shoppers by global research agency Kantar TNS).
  • The Specialty Selected Smoked Gouda is affordable and an incredibly high quality cheese. One of our favorite places to shop at ALDI is their cheese section!
Making a roux

How to make gouda mac and cheese

How to make homemade mac and cheese? You might think it’s simple, but this smoked gouda mac and cheese has a few techniques that are important to master. First, watch the video above! Then, read through our pointers for making the best gouda mac and cheese you’ll ever have.

  • How to cook pasta to al dente? Cooking pasta too long is a common mistake in the kitchen. To cook pasta to al dente, check the package instructions and then start tasting your pasta a few minutes before that! (The timing listed on many packages results in rubbery pasta.) You want to catch the pasta right when it goes from crunchy to tender. It should still be slightly firm inside–but not crunchy!
  • How to make a roux? A “roux” is flour and butter cooked together and used to thicken sauces. It’s usually made from equal parts of flour and butter. You’ll cook the butter and flour together until they start to turn light brown, then add milk and cheese to the sauce. Check out the video to see me make the roux for this gouda mac and cheese!

Related: Stovetop White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

Smoked gouda mac and cheese

And that’s how to make gouda mac and cheese!

Now, all of this results in a rich, creamy mac and cheese that is bursting with flavor. It’s lightly smoky from the smoked gouda mac and cheese, and crunchy from the sourdough bread crumbs. It’s sure to be a crowd pleasing dish anywhere you take it! Alex and I served it to friends and all of them absolutely raved about it. Since it’s cheesy and gooey and makes a huge pan, the serving size here is for 12 people. It’s perfect to serve alongside Garlic Roasted Broccoli and a huge Radish Chopped Salad.

Want to try it? Are you an ALDI fan? Let us know if you head to ALDI and make this recipe! Tell us in the comments below or tag us on Instagram: @acouplecooks and @aldiusa.

Smoked gouda mac and cheese

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Smoked gouda mac and cheese

Best Gouda Mac and Cheese


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 to 12 1x

Description

This gouda mac and cheese might be the best mac and cheese you’ve eaten, starring smoked gouda cheese and crunchy sourdough breadcrumbs.


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Ingredients

NEW! Order all the ingredients below in one click (just make sure to increment the Gouda cheese from 1 to 2!)

For the bread crumb topping

  • 2 medium slices Specialty Selected Sourdough Bread
  • 1/8 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

For the gouda mac and cheese

  • 1 pound short pasta (shells, macaroni, fusilli, or penne — we used Priano Pipe Rigate Pasta)
  • 14 ounces Specialty Selected Smoked Gouda
  • 3 tablespoons Countryside Creamery Unsalted Butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 3/4 cups 2% milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Paprika, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Toast the bread slices until golden brown and crispy: place the bread slices on a baking sheet and broil for several minutes, turning a few times, or use a toaster oven or toaster. Tear the bread into pieces and process in a food processor until the bread becomes the consistency of bread crumbs. Then add the mustard powder, thyme, and salt and pulse a few times to combine.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, adding about 1 tablespoon of kosher salt to liberally salt it. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (start tasting the pasta a few minutes before the package instructions and stop cooking once the pasta is just tender but still firm). Then drain the pasta in a colander and rinse it quickly with warm water.
  3. Meanwhile, grate the smoked gouda and measure out the butter, flour, milk, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  4. (See the video below for this part!) In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the butter over medium heat; when it melts, stir in the flour. Heat the mixture for several minutes, stirring constantly. Immediately when the color starts to turn light brown, reduce the heat to low. Start to add the 1 3/4 cups milk very slowly, whisking constantly until the mixture is completely smooth, then adding more milk. Add the salt, onion powder, and garlic powder, and continue cooking on low heat for about 2 minutes to thicken slightly, whisking frequently.
  5. After 2 minutes, gradually add the grated cheese and keep stirring until it is melted: it will be very thick and sticky once all the cheese is added. Then add 1 cup milk and stir until incorporated and a creamy sauce forms: a few bits of unmelted cheese are okay (see the video below).
  6. Place the pasta in an even layer in a 9 x 13” serving dish, then pour the cheese sauce on top. Top with the breadcrumbs and broil it for 2 to 4 minutes until lightly browned, turning the pan to even out the browning as necessary. Serve immediately.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Gouda mac and cheese, Smoked gouda mac and cheese, How to make homemade mac and cheese, How to make creamy mac and cheese

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

2 Comments

  • Reply
    Jennifer Monsalve
    April 11, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    I made this tonight and it was so so so good!!!!!! I’ll definitely be making it again!!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 22, 2019 at 9:19 am

      We are SO so glad to hear it!!! Thanks for making it Jennifer!

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